The Kenyan sexual orientation, gender identities and expression minorities (SOGIEM) community remains among a large percentage of the world’s population that resides in countries where freedom of expression and access to information is restricted for a variety of reasons, including religious/moralistic and political rhetoric. SOGIEM individuals in Kenya continue to face attacks on their freedom of expression and being, through attempted introduction of further restrictive legislation and enforcement of existing ones.
JOB VACANCIES AT KHRC
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The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) is a premier Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) which was founded in 1991 and registered in Kenya in 1994 with a mandate to entrench human rights and democratic values in the society. The KHRC envisions a human rights state and society with a mission to foster human rights, democratic values, human dignity and social justice. This vision and mission is driven by the goal and new mandate of enhancing human rights centred governance at all levels. KHRC works at community level with human rights networks (HURINETS) across Kenya and links community, national and international human rights concerns.
Position: Assistant Programme Officer (APO) – ICTs and Social Media Advocacy
Kenya - Arrests and detention of seven members of the Highway Self-Help Group
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On 18 February 2014, human rights defender Ms Susan Mutindi pleaded not guilty to charges of “incitement to violence” and “obstructing police” and was released on bail of approximately €85. The human rights defender was arrested on 17 February 2014, when police officers from Nairobi's Huruma police station stormed a peaceful meeting of the Highway Self-Help Group and arrested human rights defenders Ms Sarah Ashina, Mr George Luvala, Mr Alex Kamande, Mr Francis Gachui, Mr Steven Muturi, Mr Peter Mwangi along with Susan Mutindi. Charges of “resisting arrest” are due to be brought against Sarah Ashina, whilst the remainder of the group have been released.
In Solidarity With Uganda: Statement
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We, a collective of Kenyan citizens via the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK) are concerned about the impact and illegality of the proposed Anti-homosexuality bill 2009 that is due for your ascent, since being passed by parliament on the 20th December, 2014.
We are Africans who stand in the belief that all Africans should embrace our complexities and enjoy the chance to participate fully in their socioeconomic and political spheres of life.
We applaud his Excellency President Yoweri Museveni for having recognized that violence in the form of incarceration and/or death is not the answer as intimated in his letter to Parliament, and call upon him to be steadfast in furthering his efforts on tackling discriminative approaches such as subjective studies which pave way for” abnormality” as reasons for homosexuality as evidenced in the systematic and documented reports shared by the Uganda Civil society through the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law. Reference statement released on January 21st 2014. We also urge him to focus on the diversity he alluded to in his letter to Parliament.
In solidarity with our Ugandan brothers and sisters.
The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya.
Press Release: THE VALUE OF A LIFE
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In Kenya, like in many African countries non-heterosexual orientations are not as widely accepted and recognized as in some parts of the world. This can be attributed to the nature in which most of our cultures are set up; a set-up under which the self-determination of women, youth and anyone that is perceived to challenge the balance of power in society has been oppressed. Apart from cultures, high religiosity and the conservative interpretation of religious doctrines have immensely contributed to not only non-recognition but also in the creation of a pretext that encourages the use of violence and discrimination against same sex loving persons. Studies such as Pew Research’s Global Divide on Homosexuality have demonstrated this obvious fact.